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Prevention

TDMHSAS receives the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant from the federal government to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services and activities for people who are at-risk of or who have a substance abuse problem.

Anti-drug coalitions work to reduce dependence on harmful and potentially lethal substances such as prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. These local efforts, funded by the State of Tennessee since 2008, help get the word out about the dangers and consequences of substance use.

Prescription drug take-back boxes provide a place where unused prescription drugs can be safely disposed.

Prescription Drugs are dangerous if not taken as prescribed by a doctor.

Use of recreational drugs, over the counter medications or prescription drugs can all lead to addiction. It frequently leads to problems at work, home, school, and in relationships, and leaving the user feeling isolated, helpless, or shamed.

 

Do you have to drink a lot more than you used to in order to get buzzed or to feel relaxed? Read more about early warning signs of alcoholism.

 

The Lifeline Peer Project is established to reduce stigma related to the disease of addiction and increase access to substance abuse recovery like Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

 

To be effective agents of change, community coalitions must understand the unique problems and opportunities that exist in their community, develop a strategic plan, and address the needed changes.

Substance Abuse Prevention Certification is a basic standard for professional competence in the field of prevention.  Certification as a Prevention Specialist is based on experience and competencies as set by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).

Review the characteristics that can protect you and ones that increase your chance of substance abuse.

The mission of the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee (PAT) is to inform and advocate for alcohol safety, substance abuse prevention, and public health policy concerns to Tennesseans and lawmakers. PAT brings together groups of anti-drug coalitions, which in turn work to reduce substance use in Tennessee.

 

While more people today are living with HIV, many are still unaware of their infection and are at risk of transmitting the disease to others. Through early intervention, by getting tested, individuals can help reduce the rate of infections.

 

A prevention program for youth ages 6-15 whose parents attend the Boys and Girls Club in Knox, Blount, Loudon, Anderson, Scott, and Fentress Counties.

 

Extensive research has led to some simple strategies for raising a drug free child.

 

Did you know that parents remain the most important influence in their teenager’s decision about whether or not to use alcohol?  The “Under Your Influence” campaign encourages parents to recognize their important role in influencing their teenagers and talk to them about using alcohol.

 

Every year, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture teams up with the Tennessee Department of Mental Health to visit a sample of retailers across the State and check to see if they are following this law.

 

Women who are pregnant, or who have recently given birth, and have a history of mental health illness and/or who use or abuse drugs, tobacco and alcohol may qualify for in home visits from a Registered Nurse.

 

The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy Campus Community (CHASCo) addresses alcohol, drug, and violence prevention issues on Tennessee’s campuses by providing high-quality consultation and training, technical assistance, research support, and policy development to our member institutions.

 

The Tennessee Prevention Network (TPN) is composed of 19 agencies across Tennessee that provide prevention education for substance abuse.

 

The Problem Gambling Program is a service designed to provide outreach, education, and referral services to individuals and their families who have experienced problems with compulsive gambling.